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East European Studies (European Studies)

12 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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In the one-year East European Studies (European Studies) programme of the University of Amsterdam you develop a thorough understanding of the history of Eastern European countries (including Russia), and insight into recent developments in the region. 


The Politics and Culture of Eastern Europe

Europe’s vast and open border region in the East – from Poland and the Balkans to the Urals and the Caucasus – has been the bedrock of some of the most radical transformations and dramatic conflicts that have shaped the modern era. The East European Studies (European Studies) programme of the University of Amsterdam offers you a fascinating, research-oriented journey into the politics and culture of this region in the 20th and 21st centuries. You will explore the relationship between East and West, popular culture and everyday life and the interplay between power centres and peripheries. You will zoom in on nation-building and conflicts in sub-regions like the Caucasus, Ukraine/Crimea, or the Balkans, and on the relationship between nationalism and political Islam or Christian Orthodoxy. 

Eastern European Studies at the UvA

Founded in 1948, the Master's programme now welcomes students from around the world and offers a unique opportunity for rigorous interdisciplinary training in East European studies:

  • Explore political and cultural complexities of the region while following a comprehensive curriculum, combined with staff-led tutorials tailored to your regional and thematic interests.
  • Benefit from our international staff and its broad interdisciplinary expertise, in the classroom and during individual mentoring for your Master's thesis.
  • Engage with new, cutting-edge research projects in the field through weekly spotlight seminars with staff members and guest lectures by leading scholars from around the world.
  • Gain practical experience through an internship in NGOs, academic institutions, or the diplomatic sector.
  • Live and work at the heart of a truly cosmopolitan capital, and study at one of Europe's top-rated academic institutions.
  • The programme collaborates with the Dutch institute in St Petersburg and includes a field trip to a capital city of the former Soviet space.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Alternative Modernities
  • Post-Socialist Puzzles: Europe after 1989
  • Enlargement and External Relations of the EU
  • Intimate Politics: Culture and Subjectivity in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia
  • Envisioning East and West: Travel writing and cultural identities in modern Europe
  • European Geopolitics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the humanities or social sciences with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the field of history, Slavic languages, social or political sciences. For example, this requirement can be met with the UvA minor in East European Studies.
  • New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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